Quality analysis and classification of Swiss phenological series

In recent decades phenology has gained increasing attention in climate research that is reflected in the extension of phenological networks. Prior to any analyses of phenological series in the context of, e.g. climate change research, such series have to undergo thorough quality assessment procedures.

The Swiss Phenology Network comprises around 160 stations, however its quality and homogeneity has never been assessed comprehensively. The aim of this project is to develop a novel classification scheme for series and stations of the Swiss Phenology Network in close collaboration with MeteoSwiss. The classification will be based on basic quality criteria as well as identified inhomogeneities. As a result, a hierarchical ranking list of all phenological series and stations will be provided, including a list of the top most valuable, high quality Swiss series.

The PhenoClass project prepares the ground for further exploitation of phenological data in scientific activities.


Project team:

Dr. Renate Auchmann, Yuri Brugnara, Dr. This Rutishauser, Prof. Dr. Stefan Brönnimann


supported/financed by the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss in the framework of GCOS Switzerland

Project duration:

01.08.2016 - 31.7.2018